iplayer-dl on Xbox Xebian

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I'm a huge fan of Paul Battley's iplayer-dl. In brief, it downloads videos from iPlayer by pretending to be an iPhone. The .MP4 files it grabs are suitable for playback on most mobile devices (480 x 272 and stereo audio). It also downloads radio programmes as .MP3 files.

I was having a bit of trouble installing it on my XNAS - running Xebian Linux, so I've written this as an aide-mémoire. I hope you find it useful.

Install Ruby and Ruby Gems

apt-get install ruby rubygems

Download and install the latest version of Rake

wget http://rubygems.org/downloads/rake-0.8.7.gem gem install rake

Download and install the latest version of Mocha

wget http://rubygems.org/downloads/mocha-0.9.8.gem gem install mocha-0.9.8.gem

Download and install the latest version of iplayer-dl

wget http://rubygems.org/downloads/iplayer-dl-0.1.19.gem gem install iplayer-dl-0.1.19.gem


To download a show,

iplayer-dl [pid]

To find the pid, visit an iPlayer page like
The pid is the weird string of letters and numbers before the episode name. So, in this case, to download the video, you just type

iplayer-dl b00s0vs1

If you want to download several files using only one command, you would type

iplayer-dl b00s0vs1 b123abc bdef456

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